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TWEET OF THE WEEK: Zoo Lake of filth

Coke cans, toxic water, public urination — all could find a place on our coat of arms, writes Gareth van Onselen

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: Maimane, enters stage right … er, psst, Mmusi?

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It’s crazy to leave space for Jacob Zuma to try to reassert himself through a meaningless Cabinet reshuffle, writes Peter Bruce

WEALTH WATCH: The odd couple: adviser and supplier

Independent financial advisers made a lot of money in the past by claiming they were the experts, which apparently they never were, writes Stephen Cranston

Forget form, history shows Boks will win at Loftus

History says the Boks don’t lose to Australia at Loftus, writes Mark Keohane

Small-town joblessness fired up a toxic brew

Jonny Steinberg proposes the joblessness Armageddon has taken the form of corrupt politicians and businessmen raiding the state

HALF ART: Easy to be smug about trigger alerts when you’re not being shot at

Smugness and indifference to alerts on persecution or injustice are highly inappropriate when the threat is real, writes Chris Thurman

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: Tim Rands cultivated the rootstock of wine innovation

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The South African wine industry loses one of its most innovative producers and distributors, writes Michael Fridjhon

THE INSIDER: Never one to pass up a chance to undermine

Mark Bristow. Picture: BLOOMBERG/JASON ALDEN

Inimitable Randgold CEO Mark Bristow takes a jab at AngloGold over its Kibali mine assessment


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EDITOR’S LUNCHBOX: Porn outcry over family restaurant ‘safe’ for kids

Jabu Moleketi among Arcelor's new BEE shareholders, and Boks coach urged to trust his own instincts

While King Zuma slumbers, palace aides are stirring

Luthuli House is not afraid to show it has awoken to the excesses of the Zuma administration — finally, writes Natasha Marrian

How students can win the Fees Must Fall fight

Protest should lead to more substantive engagement with the power structures in which policy decision-making takes place, writes Lindiwe Mazibuko

Tobacco case provides lessons for potential sugar tax

SA’s robust tobacco black market is a cautionary tale on implementation and policing, writes Hilary Joffe

On the obsequiousness of SA universities

Many South African universities and ANC politicians are as thick as thieves, writes Gareth van Onselen

STREET DOGS: Carlson on safe but boring strategies

Michel Pireu: Maybe the hardest part of all is it’s much easier to do something when mostly the right move is to do nothing

Why a good mantra can work so well

A good agency philosophy is deeply embedded, like personality and character, writes Suhana Gordhan

STREET DOGS: Volatility

It’s only downward volatility that offers discourse

Decisions on public money not that democratic when the majority is not heard

Debate on spending is always about which insiders get what, not about what can be done to make outsiders become insiders, writes Steven Friedman

Myths pervade case for free tertiary education

The debate on free tertiary education has been marred with red herrings that may poison what should be an important debate for lasting social outcomes, writes Xhanti Payi

Repeat after me: there are no free lunches

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In public policy formulation, costs are often ignored, understated or denied, writes Leon Louw

THE INSIDER: Bowel movement does not get point across

Mark Bristow, CEO Randgold Resources. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Straight-talking Randgold Resources CEO Mark Bristow isn’t impressed with euphemisms

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